Saturday, February 26, 2011

Prayer Booklet Giveaway

Somehow I have acquired two copies of a very beautiful Eastern Orthodox prayer in booklet form, called "Akathist of Repentance for One Who Has Aborted a Child." According to the introduction, it was written by "someone in Russia," where multiple abortions are extremely commonplace, and translated into English.  I read it, and found its heartfelt combination of true contrition and complete confidence in God's mercy very stirring.  If anyone is interested in this prayer booklet (it can be prayed for oneself or for another person), leave your email address in the combox.  It will go to the first requester.  All my comments are moderated, so I will not publish a comment with an email address in it.

Keep in mind that the prayer was written for Eastern Orthodox Christians, so in one place the editor makes reference to the Bride of Christ, "Our Holy Orthodox Church."  If you are Roman Catholic, do not let that deter you -- the prayer is beautiful, and it would be wonderful if it found purchase in our own churches.

P.S. I have an extra copy of this as well, which I will include.  I'd like to send both to the same person.


lissla lissar said...

Sorry, not related to the offer, but I'm trying a variation on the clemetine cake with lemons and cocoa. I'll let you know how it goes and what changes I have to make. I thought- intense lemon-chocolate flavour, bitterness, sweet/sour with chocolate... mmmmm.

Pentimento said...

This comment is getting published, because I'm sure quite a few of us would like to know how it turns out. I know my mouth is watering just reading about it!

lissla lissar said...

Well, it smells terrific, but I might have to wait for it to cool overnight. Unless it's okay fifteen minutes out of the oven.

lissla lissar said...

Success, although it will improve when cold instead of still burning my mouth.

I added an extra half-cup sugar and a quarter cup lemon juice when things looked kind of dry, and used two cups of ground almonds and a half-cup cocoa.

It's intensely aromatic.

I think I'll do a dark chocolate glaze to up the chocolate content tomorrow. For breakfast.

Pentimento said...

Fantastic. How many lemons did you boil down for the cake?